Heritage Open Days 2016 Highlights

Heritage Open Days 2016

This year the 2016 Heritage Open Days will be held from Thursday 8th September 2016, to Sunday 11th September 2016.  The Heritage Open Days are four very special days of the year, where you can experience local history, culture, and architecture.  During the 2016 Heritage Open Days you can visit special places which are normally closed to the public, and enjoy free entry to places that charge an admission fee.  The full details of all the participating historic buildings, gardens, and other special places taking part, can be found on the Heritage Open Days Website.

Although the Heritage Open Days events are all free of charge, some of these events do require prior booking – so do please check the listings on The Heritage Open Days website, where you’ll also find details of many additional events, and any cancellations.  Here are some of my favourite openings for the 2016 Heritage Open Days…

On Thursday 8th September 2016, Swiss Garden and the House at Shuttleworth, Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden Aerodrome, Old Warden, Biggleswade, Bedfordshire, SG18 9EP, will be opening from 9am until 5pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, please click here.

On Thursday 8th September 2016, and Friday 9th September 2016, Hull University – Guided Tours of Thwaite Botanical Gardens, University of Hull, Cottingham Road, Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU16 4QX, will be opening from 10am until 4pm, with tours at 11am and 2pm on both days, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  These special gardens are classified as Grade II, being of special historical interest.  The gardens extend to over twenty acres, and feature extensive lawns, a lake, many rare trees and shrubs, plus an orchard and herb garden.  Pre-booking is required to visit the gardens, for all the details, please click here.

On Thursday 8th September 2016, Friday 9th September 2016, and Saturday 10th September 2016, Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH5 6AA, will be opening as part of the Heritage Open Days.  Denbies are offering 45 minute tours of the vineyard to visitors, pausing to take in scenic viewpoints along the way.  Pre-booking is required, and closes on the 7th September 2016, or when the places have been filled, whichever is sooner.  For all the details, please click here.

The Italianate Glasshouse, King George VI Memorial Park, Montefiore Avenue, Ramsgate, Kent, CT11 8BD, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days, on Thursday 8th September 2016, from 10.30am until 4pm, on Friday 9th September 2016, from 10.30am until 4pm, on Saturday 10th September 2016, from 10.30am until 4pm, and on Sunday 11th September 2016 from 10.30am until 3pm.  The Italianate Glasshouse is a unique Grade II* listed historic feature.  This special and unique glasshouse was installed in 1832. During the Heritage Open Days, visitors have the opportunity to explore the glasshouse gardens, and look inside to see the amazing 80 year old Agave Americana.  Visitors can also admire one hundred year old grape vines, and variety of cacti and succulents.  The custodians of the Glasshouse will be available during the day, to give an overview of the Glasshouse origins and the history of the surrounding park, which was once the home of Sir Moses Montefiore.  In times gone by the Italianate Glasshouse was derelict after suffering vandalism, happily this special glasshouse was lovingly restored in 2005, and is now back to its former glory.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here

Lombard House, The Hertford Club, Lombard House, Bull Plain, Hertford, Hertfordshire, SG14 1DT, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days, on Thursday 8th September 2016, from 11am until 6pm, on Friday 9th September 2016, from 11am until 6pm, on Saturday 10th September 2016, from 12 noon until 6pm, and on Sunday 11th September 2016 from 12 noon until 6pm.  Situated on the banks of the River Lea, Lombard House is a 15th century, Grade II* listed building.  For the past 120 years, Lombard House has been home to The Hertford Club.  This is a special house and private, mature, secluded, walled garden that is not normally open to the public.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

On Thursday 8th September 2016, Friday 9th September 2016Saturday 10th September 2016, and Sunday 11th September 2016, The Silent Pool Distillery, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5  9BW, are opening from 10am until 4pm, each day, for the Heritage Open Days.  The Silent Pool Distillery is a multi award-winning, artisan distillery, for all the details of their open days, please click here.

On Thursday 8th September 2016, Friday 9th September 2016Saturday 10th September 2016, and Sunday 11th September 2016, The Peace Garden at the Muslim Burial Ground will be opening as part of the Heritage Open Days.  The Peace Garden will be open from 9am until 6pm.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

On Friday 9th September 2016, Saturday 10th September 2016, and Sunday 11th September 2016, Albury Organic Vineyard, Shere Road, Albury, Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9BW, are producers of the award-winning Silent Pool Rosé, and other still and sparkling wines.  Albury Organic Vineyard will be opening for free, over three special days, as part of the Heritage Open Days 2016.  Visitors can walk around the vineyard, and taste the vineyard’s latest releases, which will be available to purchase by the glass or bottle.  Albury Organic Vineyard will be open from 10am until 4pm, on each of their three open days.  For more details, please click here.

On Friday 9th September 2016, as part of the Heritage Open Days, Gail Jeffcoat will be giving a talk ‘Butterflies in the Mole Valley‘ starting at 2pm, and finishing at 3pm, in the Leatherhead Community Association, Leatherhead Institute, 67 High Street, Leatherhead, Surrey, KT22 8AH.  Find out why the local Mole Valley hills, woods, and farmland, are rich in butterfly diversity, and learn about some of the rarer species of butterfly found in this locality.  For all the details, please click here.

On Friday 9th September 2016, as part of the Heritage Open Days Dr Roger Bowdler, Director of Listings at Historic England, will be giving a talk entitled ‘Landscapes of Distinction‘ at the Dorking Halls, Reigate Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 1SG, starting at 7.30pm, and finishing at 9pm.  Pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

On Friday 9th September 2016, as part of the Heritage Open Days, Luton Hoo Walled Garden, Luton Hoo Estate, Luton, Bedfordshire, LU1 4LF, will be opening from 11am, until 3pm.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, St Ann’s Allotments, St Ann’s Allotments Visitor Centre, 121 Ransom Road, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire, NG3 3LH, will be opening from 11am, until 4pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  Visit the oldest and largest area of Victorian detached town gardens in the world!  Listed Grade 2* by English Heritage, and covering 75 acres, in the heart of the city, St Ann’s Allotments are well worth visiting.  For all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Chartwell Garden and Studio, Mapleton Road, Westerham, Kent, TN16 1PS, will be opening from 11am, until 4.15pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  There will be talks in the studio at 12.30pm and 2.30pm, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Claremont Landscape Garden and Tower Opening, at Claremont Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Esher, Surrey, KT10 9JG, will be opening from 10am, until 6pm, with the tower opening from 2pm until 4pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Cragside, Cragside House and Gardens, Rothbury, Morpeth, Northumberland, NE65 7PX, will be opening from 10am, until 5pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  Cragside was the first house in the world to be lit by hydroelectricity, it is crammed full of ingenious gadgets – most of these gadgets are still working.  The gardens feature one of the largest rock gardens in Europe, which leads down to an Iron Bridge, which in turn leads to the formal garden.  There’s an adventure play area and Nelly’s Labyrinth for children to explore, which include a network of paths and tunnels, which have been cut out of an area of Rhododendron forest.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Dorking Caves, South Street, Dorking, Surrey, RH4 2HQ, will be opening, offering free tours to visitors at 10am, 11am, 1pm and 2pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  Dorking Caves are an extensive system of cellars and caves, which date back to at least the 17th century.  Please note – there is no wheelchair access. The tour is not suitable for people with bad arthritis, heart or breathing problems, claustrophobia, arachnophobia, or advanced pregnancy.  Sensible footwear must be worn.  People wearing flip flops, high heels, or open-toed shoes, will not be admitted.  Pre-booking is required, booking is open until the places are filled, to book your place, please click here.  For all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Durham Cathedral Open Garden, The Cathedral Office, Durham Cathedral, The College, Durham, County Durham, DH1 3EH, will be opening especially for the 2016 Heritage Open Days, from 10am until 4pm.  This garden is not normally open to the public, this is a lovely, and very special opportunity to see where the cathedral gardeners grow their flowers for display.  For all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, from 11am until 3pm, The Grange, Rectory Lane, Bookham, Surrey, KT23 4DZ, will be opening as part of the Heritage Open Days.  The Grange is a 19th Century House with a magnificent late Victorian ballroom, a secret walled garden, and beautiful grounds.  Work will be on display from when The Grange was ‘The School Of Stitchery and Lace’.  Tea and cakes will be available between 11-3pm, in the Victorian Conservatory.  For all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Greyfriars Vineyard, Hogs Back, Puttenham, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1AG, will be opening as part of the Heritage Open Days,from 10am until 5pm.  Greyfriars Vineyard is located on the south facing slopes of the Hogs Back Ridge, where they grow Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier vines.  The current owners took over in 2010, they have significantly expanded the vineyard and winery.  Greyfriars Vineyard are a commercial producer of quality sparkling wines.  Visitors can see how the grapes are grown, find out about the processes used to turn the grapes into wine, and sample the final product, which is also available to purchase.  For all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Petworth House, Church Street, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0AE, will be opening as part of the Heritage Open Days, from 11am, until 4pm.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, from 11am until 5pm, Nostell, Doncaster Road, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, WF4 1QE, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days.  Visitors can explore the Kitchen Garden and pleasure grounds, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Nostell can be found here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, The WWF UK Living Planet Centre will be opening for the Heritage Open Days, where there will be tours of the WWF UK Living Planet Centre, WWF, Rufford House, The Living Planet Centre, Brewery Road, Woking, Surrey, GU21 4LL.  Tours will be conducted at 11am, 12.15pm and 1.30pm.  Pre-booking is advised, to pre-book online, please click here, for all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Hill Top, Beatrix Potter’s House, Near Sawrey, Hawkshead, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0LF, will be opening from 10am, until 4pm,  for the Heritage Open Days, for all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Inham Nook Allotments, Slade Road, Pearson Avenue, Chilwell, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 4GS, will be opening for free, from 10am until 4pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  Take a look around the allotments and purchase freshly harvested vegetables, free range eggs, and garden supplies from the allotments store.  For all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Oakhurst Cottage, Hambledon, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4HF, will be opening for free, from 11am until 4pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  Explore this humble 16th century timber framed cottage and its cottage garden, and see how a farm labourer used to live.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

Painshill Landscape Garden is an 18th century landscape garden in Surrey. The garden was created by the Honourable Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773.

Painshill Landscape Garden is an 18th century landscape garden in Surrey. The garden was created by the Honourable Charles Hamilton between 1738 and 1773.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Painshill Landscape Garden, Portsmouth Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1JE, will be opening its doors for free for the Heritage Open Days.  The free opening starts at 10am, closing at 6pm, with last entries to the garden at 4.30pm.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Painshill Landscape Garden, can be found here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, Wollaton Road Allotments, Wollaton Road/Central Avenue, Beeston, Nottinghamshire, NG9 2PH, will be opening for free, from 9am until 4pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  Take a look around the allotments and community garden.  Produce will be available to purchase, there will also be a BBQ.  For all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, visit the UK’s first and so far, only Zero Carbon House, at 103 Tindall Street, Balsall Heath, Birmingham, West Midlands, B12 9QU.  This special house and garden will be opening from 11am, until 4pm, with a children’s presentation at 2pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, please click here.

Hatchlands Park, is a National Trust property that features 400 acres of parkland in Surrey.

Hatchlands Park, is a National Trust property that features 400 acres of parkland in Surrey.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, from 10.20am until 5.30pm – during which time the grounds will be open, and on Sunday 11th September 2016, from 11am until 5.30pm, during which time the grounds will be open, and the house will also open on this date at 2pm, Hatchlands Park, Epsom Road, East Clandon, Guildford, Surrey, GU4 7RT, will be opening for free, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Hatchlands Park can be found here.

Hatchlands Park, is a National Trust property, which features 400 acres of parkland.

Hatchlands Park, is a National Trust property, which features 400 acres of parkland.

Claire Brown (centre in the red top and jacket) of Plantpassion in East Clandon, is a grower of seasonal, scented, sustainable cut flowers. Plantpassion offer consultations, courses and workshops to help you, whatever aspect of cut flower growing or arranging you're interested in.

Claire Brown (centre in the red top and jacket) of Plantpassion in East Clandon, is a grower of seasonal, scented, sustainable cut flowers. Plantpassion offer consultations, courses and workshops to help you, whatever aspect of cut flower growing or arranging you’re interested in.

As part of the Heritage Open Days, Plantpassion, a flower farm at Hilltop Barn, Hilltop Farm, Staple Lane, East Clandon, Surrey GU4 7FP, will be opening without charge on Saturday 10th September 2016 and Sunday 11th September 2016, from 1pm until 5pm.  There will be tea and cake, farm gate sales of flowers, plants and seeds, and tours of the flower farm.  There is disabled access to the upper part of the flower farm, but disabled visitors may find the short journey to the adjoining flower field difficult, and may require assistance.  For more details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016,  Winkworth Arboretum, Hascombe Road, Godalming, Surrey, GU8 4AD, are offering free entry to visitors, from 10am until 5.30pm, as part of the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors to Winkworth Arboretum can be found by clicking here.

Winkworth Arboretum, in Godalming is a beautiful place to visit in autumn.

Winkworth Arboretum, in Godalming is a beautiful place to visit in autumn.

On Saturday 10th September 2016 from 5pm until 7pm, the Godalming Bandstand, in the park, by the river in Godalming, will host ‘Proms in the Park‘, featuring massed bands from Farnham, Haslemere and Farnham Corps of Drums, thanks to this concert’s sponsors Hart Brown Solicitors.  On Sunday 11th September 2016, The Godalming Trust are sponsoring the final Godalming bandstand concert of the year, where they will host the Godalming Band, at the Bandstand from 3pm until 5pm.  The concerts are free, you’re welcome to bring your own chairs, or a blanket, and take a picnic.  For all the details, please click here.

On Saturday 10th September 2016, and Sunday 11th September 2016, RISC Edible Roof Garden, 35-39 London Street, Reading, Berkshire, RG1 4PS, will be opening for the Heritage Open Days, from 12 noon until 4pm.  This is a small, edible, rooftop, forest garden, which features plants from all over the world.  This rooftop garden has been designed to demonstrate our dependance on plants.  Please note, there is no wheelchair access to this garden, access is via a steep, outdoor, external staircase, for all the details, please click here.

On Sunday 11th September 2016, The Bohemia Walled Garden, Summerfield Woods, Bohemia Road, Hasting, East Sussex, TN34 1UT, is opening from 10am, until 4pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, including access information for disabled visitors, please click here.

On Sunday 11th September 2016, Ramsey Abbey Walled Kitchen Garden, Wood Lane, Ramsey, Cambridgeshire, PE26 1XA, is opening from 11am, until 5pm for the Heritage Open Days.  Visitors can explore these Victorian walled gardens, which have been restored by volunteers, where they grow vegetables, fruit, and flowers.  For all the details, please click here.

On Sunday 11th September 2016, Bright Park Revisited, Bright Park, 83 Thomas Lane, Notty Ash, Liverpool, Merseyside, L14 5NT, is opening from 1pm, until 4pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  Explore the Bright Park and its 4.9 acres of woods, orchards and trails.  Come and see this secret wilderness for yourself, and enjoy privileged access to a park that has only been open a handful of times in the last 30 years.  For all the details, please click here.

On Sunday 11th September 2016, Wordsworth’s House and Garden, Main Street, Cockermouth, Cumbria, CA13 9RX, is opening from 11am, until 4pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors, can be found here.

On Sunday 11th September 2016, Warmley Grottoes, Garden and Museum, Kingswood Heritage Museum, Tower Lane, Warmley, Bristol, BS30 8XT, are opening from 11am, until 4.30pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  The grottoes are not normally open to the public.  For all the details, please click here.

On Sunday 11th September 2016, Knutsford Heathwaite Garden, 17 Gaskell Avenue, Knutsford, Cheshire, WA16 0DA, the home of writer Elizabeth Gaskell, which was the inspiration for ‘Cranford’, and is now a private home, is opening especially from 11am, until 12.30pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  There will be three, half hour tours, places are limited and pre-booking is required, for all the details, please click here.

On Sunday 11th September 2016, Trengwainton Garden, Near Madron, Penzance, Cornwall, TR20 8RZ, is opening its 25 acre garden from 10.30am, until 5pm, for the Heritage Open Days.  For all the details, please click here.
Information for disabled visitors can be found here.

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